Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe
Institutional Engineering v. 1
Volume editor Jan Zielonka
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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe by Jan Zielonka
Book DescriptionThis is the first volume in a series of books on democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe. The series focuses on three major aspects of democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe: institutional engineering, transnational pressures and civil society. This first volume analyses constraints on and opportunities of institutional engineering in Eastern Europe: to what extent and how elites in Eastern Europe have been able to shape, if not manipulate, the politics of democratic consolidation through institutional means. The aim is to contrast a set of democracy theories with empirical evidence accumulated in Eastern Europe over the last ten years. The volume tries to avoid complex debates about definitions, methods and the uses and misuses of comparative research. Instead it tries to establish what has really happened in the region, and which of the existing theories have proved helpful in explaining these developments. The volume starts with a presentation of conceptual and comparative frameworks, followed by in-depth empirical analyses of the thirteen individual countries undergoing democratic consolidation. The first conceptual and comparative part contains three chapters. The first chapter explains what institutional engineering is about and describes our experiences with institutional engineering in former transitions to democracy. It also focuses on the import and export of institutional designs. The second chapter analyses the utility of constitutions in the process of democratic consolidation. The third chapter compares constitutional designs and problems of implementation in Southern and Eastern Europe. The empirical case studies deal with the following countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Poland. And the conclusions evaluate the enormous impact of institutions on politics in Eastern Europe and show how central constitutional designs are to the institutional engineering in the societies undergoing transitions to democracy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199241675
(243mm x 165mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jan Zielonka
Media and Politics in New Democracies, Hardback (October 2015)
This book analyses the relationship between the media and politics in new democracies in Europe and other parts of the world.
Is the EU Doomed?, Hardback (April 2014)
The European Union is in crisis. Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship, and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an increasingly uncertain future.
Democracy and Political Culture in Eastern Europe, Paperback (June 2008)» View all books by Jan Zielonka
Establishes similarities and differences in support of democracy between a large number of countries with different cultural and structural conditions as well as historical legacies.
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Author Biography - Jan Zielonka
Jan Zielonka, Professor of Political Science, Social and Political Sciences and the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute
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